Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #519
CE Offered: BACB
Dignity, Risk, and Adulthood: A Discussion of Quality of Life in Adults With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
Monday, May 27, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 103 B
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Jessica J. Cauchi, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica J. Cauchi (none)
NATALIE M. DRISCOLL (Melmark New England & Endicott College)
SHANNA BAHRY (Endicott College; Meaningful HOPE Inc.)

Our panel, "Dignity, Risk, and Adulthood," delves into the journey of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will explore dignity, autonomy, and a high quality of life while managing the unique risks involved. Adulthood is a pivotal phase for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, calling for a nuanced understanding of how dignity and quality of life can be upheld while living in a supported environment. Our panel will discuss respecting the autonomy and agency of adults with developmental disabilities and balancing risk and safety to foster personal growth and self-determination. Our goal is to champion the rights of every adult with a developmental disability to experience the dignity, respect, and opportunities they deserve by preparing for adulthood early. This panel aims to deepen the understanding of the challenges faced by these individuals and offer practical solutions grounded in behavior analysis starting at a young age. Our ultimate objective is to create a society where every adult with a developmental disability can experience the dignity, respect, and opportunities they deserve as they navigate the complexities of adulthood, with behavior analysis playing a central role in achieving this vision.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Audience members should have beyond introductory level understanding of behaviour analytic principles. They should have have experience in clinical application of ABA, goal setting, and program development.

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify the principles of dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the management of associated risks during their transition to adulthood. 2. Discuss strategies for supporting adults with developmental disabilities in a supervised environment. 3. Explain how behavior analysis can address the challenges faced by adults with developmental disabilities.
Keyword(s): Adulthood, Autonomy, Dignity, Risk



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